It is a gorgeous spring day here in my corner of the world and I’ve had a great morning decluttering my house in preparation for our council’s annual hard rubbish collection. This is where we get to put all the big stuff that won’t fit in the normal rubbish bins out onto the footpath, ostensibly for collection by the council waste trucks but only after all the neighbours have snaffled what they want (there’s an awkward sort of pride in putting out items other people fight over).
Because I adore getting rid of things (I am the opposite of a hoarder) (and it always annoys me there is no word for us) I found this activity thoroughly enjoyable and realised I could extend the joy and do some additional decluttering in other aspects of life to help me get back into reading, blog visiting and blogging myself.
To this end I went to my RSS reader and hit the “mark all as read” button. I don’t know who I was kidding when I looked a few days ago and thought several thousand unread items was “doable”. Apologies to those whose undoubtedly brilliant thoughts I have missed but at least I now feel able to visit you all again.
I also took back all the library books that were lying around the house half-read. Much better books than the utter nonsense I selected for the 1976 challenge were in that basket but I know which books they were and I can always get them again later. I doubt any of the rest were bad but I couldn’t concentrate on any of them for long (and in the case of Lauren Beukes’ BROKEN MONSTERS I couldn’t hold the damned thing so I’ll be aiming for a paperback of it next time around).
I’ve even had a bit of a clean up here at the blog, choosing a new theme and getting rid of a few unnecessary widgets.
I’ve chosen a book by a new to me author about which I have heard only good things to formally reboot my reading. Which I intend to start doing just as soon as I’ve cooked some home made falafel (courtesy of a new recipe I found) and made myself a delicious sandwich.
Happy reading to all.